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Fatal stabbing incident

A drinking session between two men turned into a fatal stabbing incident Saturday in Tondo, Manila.

The victim, identified as Edwin Tagdulang, 29, of Helping Complex, Aroma Compound Barangay 105, Zone 8, Tondo, Manila, was declared dead-on-arrival after receiving multiple stab wounds in the body, PO1 Joey Oliverio said.

Prior to the incident, police said that the victim was having a drinking session with the suspect identified as Amay Gamok, 31, of Aroma Compound Barangay 105, Zone 8, Tondo, Manila on April 14 at around 6:30 p.m. in front of Berto’s Junkshop located along Helping Complex in Aroma Compound.

According to Ruby Milandres, the victim’s live-in-partner, the suspect started to punch Tagdulang repeatedly in the face. The incident was temporarily pacified by concerned citizens.

However, after a few minutes, the suspect, now armed with a bladed weapon, went to the victim’s house and stabbed the victim multiple times, resulting to his death.

Elements of the Smokey Mountain Police Community Precinct, the Manila Police District (MPD) Scene of the Crime Operatives Team and the MPD Homicide Division then arrived at the crime scene and conducted a follow-up operation, resulting in the arrest of the Gamok, who is now under police custody. (Hans Amancio)

2 police escorts relieved

Two Quezon City rookie policemen were relieved from their posts pending an investigation into the escape of a drug suspect being escorted after inquest proceedings on Saturday.

Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, ordered the relief of Police Officers 1 Jayson Landayan and Randy Yape, both assigned to the anti-illegal drugs enforcement unit of Novaliches Police Station (PS-4). They were reassigned to the District Headquarters Support Unit, reports said.

The drug suspect who managed to escape under the cops’ watch was identified as 21-year-old Jhan Jhan Abacian, of Novaliches. He was included in PS-4’s drug watchlist.

Abacian was initially nabbed together with Alvin Malaluan, 41, and a 15-year-old boy during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sauyo around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Seized from them were eight sachets of shabu, a sachet of marijuana, cell phones and a Yamaha Mio motorcycle allegedly being used in their illegal drug transactions.

Around 12 midnight Saturday, the police officers escorted Abacian and Malaluan after inquest proceedings at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.

Traversing Quirino Highway going back to the police station, Abacian managed to detach his handcuff from Malaluan. He jumped out of the mobile van and ran towards Sauyo Market, police said.

Abacian was chased by the policemen but they failed to recapture him.

Eleazar said the relieved cops will surely face administrative and criminal charges while manhunt operations against Abacian are ongoing.

“Incidents like this must be a lesson to our policemen. They shouldn’t be complacent when escorting suspects. Be alert and always guard to avoid escape,” Eleazar said. (Kate Louise Javier)

Wardrobe update fails

A woman, seemingly trying to update her wardrobe, was arrested after allegedly stealing a pack of underwear from a store in a shoplifting incident Saturday in Malate, Manila.

Police reports identified the suspect as Eirren Eleperia, 34, of No. 2062 Smith St., Malate, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that on April 14 at around 2 p.m., the suspect reportedly arrived at the children section of SM Department Store located at Malate, Manila, and posed as a customer.

After a few minutes, an on-duty civilian guard identified as Reymar Pavia noticed the suspect pick up a pack of SO-EN underwear and tucked the item under her armpit.

The suspect then tried to leave the premises but was confronted by Pavia who subsequently arrested her after the latter failed to present any proof of payment.

Authorities recovered the stolen item worth P319.75 from the suspect, who is currently detained at the Malate Police Station. (Hans Amancio)

2 drug peddlers nabbed

Shabu with a value of P150,000 was seized from two notorious drug peddlers during a buy-bust operation in Caloocan City Friday afternoon.

Anti-narotics agents from the Caloocan police arrested Jaber Elias, 25, jobless, and Repors Makhle, 35, vendor, both residents of Caloocan.

Elias and Makhle were newly-identified drug personalities as they were not included in the drug watch list, said case investigator SPO1 Ryan Escorial.

Around 11:30 a.m. in Barangay 188, a buy-bust operation against the two men was conducted by the team led by city’s drug enforcement unit chief Sr. Inspector Allan Hernandez.

Recovered from them were at least 23 grams of suspected shabu worth P150, 000 and drug paraphernalia.

Both men admitted their involvement in illegal drug trade, police said.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 916t or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed against Elias and Makhle. (Kate Louise Javier)

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